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Now Accepting Excellence In Safety Awards Nominations!
AGC Members Lead Safety Stand-Down Events Across Houston
Construction Industry Military May Shoot Out Loaded With Fun & Prizes!
Be A Lean Champion! Registration Now Open
Members Hit Jackpot At CLC Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament
AGC-TBB Bills In Play As House Hits Deadline To Pass State Bills
Contractors Should Prepare For Newly Revived No-Match Letters
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION COURSES
May 30: Military May Shoot-Out - No Military Background Needed!
June 6: AGC Member Mixer
June 14: MidYear Safety Meeting Featuring U.S. Congressman Dan Crenshaw and Tony Militello, Director of Occupational Safety and Health for the Dept. of the Navy
Nominate Deserving Construction Industry Safety Professionals and Subcontractors
Safety Excellence Awards
Who Can Be Nominated?
Click here to fill out the nomination forms.
Ray Lambright Excellence In Safety Award
Who Can Be Nominated?
AGC Houston Members may nominate an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and a personal commitment in directing their company’s safety and health program in advancing the safety of all construction workers.
Click here to download nomination form
Thursday, May 30 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Registration and Sponsorship Deadline: May 27
NO MILITARY BACKGROUND NEEDED!
Click here for details
Pistol Competition: 9mm (factory specs only; no accessories)
Two-person team registration includes:
SPONSOR A VET! We will team you up with a veteran
Early Bird Registration Ends May 24. REGISTER HERE
May 17: Texas Lien Laws
May 17: Advanced Texas LienLaws
June 18: Lean EP Unit 2: Pull in Production
July 16: Lean EP Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring
September 17: Lean EP Unit 7: Problem-Solving Principles and Tools
Click here for course details
ALL INTERESTED AGC HOUSTON MEMBERS WELCOME!
7:15 - 9 a.m.
For further details, contact Kim Mason
AGC Members receive a 10% discount on all UTA OSHA-taught classes. Call (866) 906-9190 and provide the member code (AGCHOU).
View the full list of OSHA courses here.
May 21-23: OSHA 2264: Permit-Required Confined Space Entry
May 21-23: OSHA 3115: Fall Protection
May 28-31: OSHA 500: Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for Construction
May 28-31: SH 930: Project Management for EHS Professionals
May 28-31: OSHA 521: OSHA Guide to Industrial Hygiene
June 3-13: OSHA 511: OSHA Standards for General Industry
June 4-6: OSHA 2055: Cranes in Construction
June 4-6: RM 201: Assessment Techniques
June 4-6: OG 202: Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S)
June 6-27: OSHA 30-Hour
Last week marked a major deadline in the Texas House, as it was the last chance for its 150 members to pass any state House bills remaining in the chamber.
HB 1734: School Construction Defects - The bill has advanced to the Senate, where it awaits consideration in the Senate Education Committee.
HB 1999: Right to Inspect & Repair - The bill has now moved to the Senate, where it awaits committee assignment.
HB 790: Attorney's Fees in Breach of Contract Claims - The bill has now moved to the Senate, where it awaits committee assignment.
SB 1297: Uniform General Conditions (K-12 contracts) - This bill passed in the Senate last month and was sent the bill to the House Calendars Committee where it awaits a vote by the full House.
HB 2899: Contractors Not Liable for Design Defects on Road Projects - After passing the House, this bill was voted 8-0 out of the Senate Transportation Committee on May 8. The measure has been recommended for Local/Uncontested in the Senate where it awaits a full vote.
The Education and Research Foundation offers Workforce Development Scholarships to students enrolled in accredited technical schools or craft training programs in any discipline of commercial construction. Students in technical or approved craft training programs will have until June 1 to apply for $1,000 scholarships (renewal for up to two years).
Construction Safety, Health and Environmental Conference
Tuesday, July 23 - Thursday, July 25
Are you ready for a friendly the competition?
MustangCat is looking for the best equipment operator in Southeast Texas! The Top Operator winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize and a paid trip to North Carolina to participate in the Caterpillar North America Regional Final Challenge.
Spectators welcome! May 20 – 22
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
15500 Eastex Fwy, Humble, Texas 77396
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Here's Looking at You
The annual Construction Leadership Council Poker Tournament draws a large crowd of card sharks and enthusiasts. This year was no different as more than 80 players vied for top prizes and some friendly completion with peers on May 9, 2019.
Congratulations to the players, the final five winners and many thanks to our generous sponsors as well as UH AGC Student Chapter volunteers. This event helps to raise funds for the AGC Houston Education Scholarships.
First Place: Terry Buza, Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
Second Place: Juan De La Vega, DeWalt Power Tools
Third Place: Keith Haymann, DeWalt Power Tools
Fourth Place: Darrell Gunnells, Empire Steel Erectors, LP
Fifth Place: Craig Kutac, Griesenbeck Architectural Products
Dead- Ass-Last: Patrick Garner, Cokinos l Young
Since May 6, AGC members have been conducting Safety Stand-Down demonstrations on jobsites, warehouses and offices across the Houston area. Companies of all sizes have been hosting toolbox talks (both in English and in Spanish) on a variety of topics and fall protection demonstrations.
“Exposing construction workers to safety demonstrations throughout our members’ area jobsites is an effective way to demonstrate common hazards of a jobsite, particularly as they relate to falls and common accidents,” stated AGC Houston Director of Safety Services, Kim Mason.
Many thanks to the AGC Houston vendors who have been offering their safety services at no charge and to BodyArmour Sports Drink for delivering and donating refreshing drinks to safety stand-down events throughout the area.
Be sure to turn in your photos, videos and Stand-Down forms to Kim Mason when your demonstrations are complete! For more information and to download forms, click here.
News you can Use
The Social Security Administration recently resurrected its practice of issuing Employer Correction Request notices – also known as “no-match letters” – when it receives employee information from an employer that does not match its records.
When receiving such a letter, AGC members should consider the taking following seven steps in conjunction with consulting with their employment counsel.
On May 6, 2019, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced(link is external) that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) will make an additional 30,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas available for Fiscal Year 2019.
EPA Solicits Comment On Draft Interim Recommendations For Addressing Groundwater Contaminated with PFAS
he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will accept public comment(link is external) until June 10, 2019, on the agency’s draft interim guidance(link is external) for addressing two per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) in groundwater. When finalized, the recommendations will provide a starting point for making site-specific cleanup decisions under federal cleanup programs, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
What is more, EPA anticipates that its guidance will be used by other federal, state and tribal agencies in carrying out “authorized” cleanup programs (e.g., federal facility cleanup programs and approved state Resource Conservation and Recovery Act corrective action programs).
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